I’ve been eyeing out this vintage shop counter for a good couple of years! It belonged to friends of mine who had a rather grand house, and it sat at the top of their stairs on the landing. I mentioned to them in passing once that should they ever want to sell it that they should contact me, which is exactly what they did when they decided to move to CPT at the end of last year. Isn’t it just wonderful?! Originally a haberdashery counter, this cabinet could be used for anything really. Another friend of mine (and very talented carpenter and designer), Xavier Clarrise, has one as his kitchen island and it works beautifully! You could also use it as a sideboard in your lounge or dining room, or as a cupboard in your bedroom, if you’re lucky enough to have the space!
Sadly though, over the years the glass top has become very scratched, which bothers me a little. It could be replaced, although it wouldn’t be cheap as the glass needs to be thick to support whatever you put on top of it. A Mint customer came past the house on Friday and was admiring the counter when I mentioned the scratches to her – they didn’t bother her at all – she said they were part of the patina of the piece, which is a really nice way of looking at it (thanks Billi!). Aside from the scratches, the back of the cabinet (the part that would have faced customers) could also do with a sand and a varnish, and there’s one piece of glass missing from the one drawer, but that’s easy enough to sort out. The rest of the shop counter is in pretty much the condition which you’d expect for its age, which I’d guess to be around 60-70 years old. This is a really special, and pretty hard to come by, piece of furniture that deserves to be given pride of place in someones’ home!
Note: This is a large cabinet, so please pay attention to the dimensions below!
Dimensions: 1.83m wide x 61cm deep x 81cm tall
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